Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Specialist crew rescue paraglider from Leckhampton Hill

crews working together to rescue the paraglider

Firefighters were called out at 4pm yesterday (Tuesday 27th August) to rescue a paraglider who crashed into Leckhampton Hill in Cheltenham.

Crews from Cheltenham East and Cheltenham West fire stations attended the incident and found a man injured on the hillside. They quickly recognised that the complexity of the incident would require rope rescue trained staff and a team from Coleford attended.

Firefighters then worked with the HART team and paramedics to successfully rescue the casualty.

The man was taken to hospital by air ambulance and crews left the scene just after 7pm.

Station Commander Dave Pike said: "This was a complex rescue that needed the attendance of crews from across the county, alongside paramedics, to ensure the casualty had the best possible care."

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Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425391

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28th August 2013